Laura is serving her third term representing the people of Fairfield and Trumbull in the 134th District.
She is the head House Republican on the legislature’s Transportation Committee (all laws pertaining transportation and motor vehicles), and also serves on the legislature’s Education Committee and the powerful tax-writing Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee. Laura has served as a member of several caucuses and task forces, including the legislature’s bipartisan Women’s Caucus, the Fire and EMS Caucus, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Caucus.
In her almost six years in the House of Representatives, Laura has worked hard to make living, raising a family and retiring in Connecticut more affordable. A lynchpin to those goals were initiatives to stop taxing peoples’ pensions and Social Security, and putting structural reforms in place that instituted the constitutional state spending cap and created a state bonding cap. These structural reforms have put Connecticut in a better financial position and will serve the state well in helping to get its economy back on track due to the pandemic.
Additionally, Laura fought for a strong constitutional state transportation lockbox and opposed the budgetary maneuver that diverted millions out of the lockbox.
Being one of the foremost authorities on the issue of tolls, Laura toured the state and worked with grassroots groups to educate residents on the issue of tolls and transportation funding.
As a state representative, Laura has spearheaded multiple community events including town diaper drives, food drives, essay contests, and flag collections. She also makes herself available to constituents through coffee hours, pizza nights, legislative forums, and now due to social distancing protocols, hosting virtual town halls. These events, along with her direct outreach to check in on constituents helps make sure she is getting the true pulse of the district.
Having lived in Fairfield for nearly 30 years, Laura is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago and still a White Sox fan. Her mother was an elementary school teacher and her father, an entrepreneur. Laura’s father was also a WWII veteran, having landed at Normandy on D-Day and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. She, along with her brother and three sisters, were raised to be independent, work hard, keep their sense of humor, and put family first.
Laura started working at 15 years of age and largely put herself through college, graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in four years. Shortly after graduation, she started her career and moved to New York City. She wasn’t there long when she was transferred to Oregon, Kentucky, and then back to New York. It was when Laura came back to work in New York City that she chose Fairfield as a place to live because it was the most attractive and affordable community on the Metro-North New Haven line.
As a commuter, spending three hours a day on Metro-North, Laura’s time in Fairfield was limited to late evenings and weekends. So, when she left her job in New York to establish her own consulting business, her daily commute stopped and she began to get more actively involved in local school and community events as an advocate and volunteer.
Laura’s volunteer experience includes:
- Fairfield School Volunteer – Dwight, Burr, Fairfield Woods Middle School
- Volunteer, Girl Scouts of America
- Board Member, Bellarmine Guild, Fairfield College Preparatory School
- Secretary, Fairfield Board of Assessment Appeals
- Job Re-Entry Program Coach, Dress for Success
- Chair, Food Collection Outreach, Fairfield 375 Food Drive
- Member, Fairfield Representative Town Meeting
- Member, Fairfield Representative Town Meeting, Finance Committee
- Member, Greenfield Hill Village Improvement Society
- Member, Greenfield Hill Grange
Laura and her family, along with their rescue dog Tucker, reside in Fairfield, CT.